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April 26, 2012
CAPT Jillian Gaze
AFTER getting some world-class
advice from Australian netballer
Chelsea Pitman, the ADF's best
mixed and men's netballers took
on the top teams at the Australian
Championships at Runaway Bay on
the Gold Coast from April 7-15.
The ADF teams, which came
together for the first time only days
before the tournament at a training
camp at RAAF Amberley, displayed
a great level of skill throughout
the competition despite not taking
home a title.
The mixed team played eight gru-
elling games over the week.
Vice-captain LS Nicholas Miller,
of HMAS Darwin, said despite not
recording a win, the team improved
throughout the tournament.
"I was so impressed with the
players this week," he said.
"We really took it to the top
teams which have been playing
together for years.
"Individually and as a group we
improved and turned a lot of heads."
The men's team had a tougher
ask: playing 12 games in five days.
Although the scoreboards did
not go the way of the team, ABCK
Andrew Smith, of Assail Six, said it
was a great experience.
"For someone like me, who
spends a lot of my time at sea and
only gets to play occasionally, it
is amazing to come away and play
with these guys and against such
talented players," he said.
Netballers take on best
The quality of the ADF play-
ers was rewarded when men's team
member, Enoggera-based CFN Brad
Teale, was named runner-up Most
Valuable Player in the competition.
"I am amazed," CFN Teale said.
"I just played the best I could
and didn't expect this."
At the four-day training camp
at Amberley, the teams were vis-
ited by Queensland Firebirds and
Australian player Chelsea Pitman.
Playing at wing attack for both
teams, Pitman is classed as one of
the best players in the world and
said she was happy to share her
"It was a real privilege to come
out to Amberley and work with
these guys," Ms Pitman said.
"The ADF gives a lot to our
country and I am glad I can give a
little bit back."
The players will now return to
prepare for state-based selections
for the Combined Services Netball
Championships, which will see
them return with their state team
mates to Amberley in October.
IN A great day of Navy sports the RAN
Establishments white-washed the Ships
in all seven competitions to win the Fleet
Commander's Challenge Trophy (FCCT)
on April 4.
Establishment teams roared with delight
when Fleet Commander Australia RADM
Tim Barrett presented them with the Perry
Cup for overall champion.
The Establishments won mixed soccer
9-0, rugby league 24-22, mixed basketball
48-38, mixed volleyball 3-0, rugby union
32-24, netball 39-3 and Australian rules
RADM Barrett said the Perry Cup
emphasised the importance of sports in
promoting team building, camaraderie
and fun -- important objectives in the Fleet
More than 300 sailors participated in the
FCCT at Sydney's Randwick Barracks.
The contests also served as a selection
guide for many triservice championships
slated for this year.
The FCCT kicked off with the mixed
soccer. Establishments soccer captain and
man of the match ABET Nick Desilas, of
HMAS Kuttabul, scored a brace of goals
and was a brilliant defender.
The turning point in the match came
10 minutes into the second half when
Establishments scored two quick goals to
take an unassailable 5-0 lead.
The Ships almost salvaged some pride
in the rugby league and the rugby union but
their fightbacks were beaten by the bell.
SMN Nathan McCartin, of HMAS
Kuttabul, opened the Ships' rugby league
scoring with an impressive 40m try where
he stepped his way past four defenders.
They came agonisingly close to victo-
ry when SMN McCartin posted his third
try right on full-time, but the conversion
attempt was unsuccessful.
The rugby union was another close
encounter, but just as the Ships got within
striking distance with five minutes remain-
ing, they conceded a late try.
Ships rugby union captain POPT Matt
Hilyard, of HMAS Choules, said tiredness
in the dying stages of the game cost them
"It was a really good game but it's just a
pity that fatigue and unforced errors denied
us victory in the end," he said.
Establishments Australian rules captain
LSATV Matt Cace, of HMAS Albatross,
said the win was a great kick-off in prepara-
tion for the Australian rules triservice com-
petition in Victoria from April 17-21.
The Establishments also had a big win
in the netball after leading 20-0 at half-time.
LEUT Alexandra Buchanan, of HMAS
Kuttabul, scored an incredible 18 goals,
which was quite a feat considering she is
recovering from ankle surgery.
The Fleet Command WO, WO Martin
Holzberger, praised the efforts, determination
and sportsmanship of all the competitors, as
well as the PTIs who organised the event.
TOP TIPS: LS Robert Gould, of HMAS Cerberus, with visiting
Australian netballer Chelsea Pitman.
Photo: CPL Glen McCarthy
Establishments go for
a ball-up during the
Australian rules match.
Inset, ABSN Aaron
Robinson, of HMAS
Kuttabul, tries to outrun
several Ships defenders
in the rugby league.
Photos: LSIS Brenton Freind and
ABIS Richard Cordell.
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